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Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan paint a detailed and astonishing portrait of Pahokee, a rural village in the Everglades, Florida. Very close-knit, its inhabitants fight to face fragile financial situations and an uncertain future. Through a precise observational approach, the film captures the daily life of this city restoring a rich palette of nuances. From sporting events to beauty contests at school, filmmakers explore social and community rituals, and how gender and identity are portrayed as new stories are created. Going well beyond the teaching of Wiseman, which Lucas and Bresnan have perfectly integrated, the film seems to bathe in the singular atmosphere of a song of Gil Scott Heron, with lingering hints of rural blues tinged with urban echoes. A complex multi-faceted work that recalls both the raw social realism of the new American cinema and the neorealist style. Pahokee is the powerful portrait of a forgotten America, absent from the current political discourse.


Director(s): Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan
Year:  2019
Length: 112 min
Country: USA

Includes a post screening Q&A with the director(s)



Ivete Lucas is a filmmaker from Brazil and Mexico who currently lives between Texas and South Florida, where she makes films with her partner Patrick Bresnan, a visual artist and filmmaker who holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainability from the University of Texas at Austin. Their short films include “The Send-Off” (2016), “The Rabbit Hunt” (2017), “Roadside Attraction” (2017), and “Skip Day” (2018). Pahokee (2019), their first feature length documentary, world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.